By: Sharon Aron Baron
The Coral Springs High School football team got a treat after The Miami Dolphins hosted them at their training camp practice as part of the Junior Dolphins Program.
On Sunday, the CSHS Colts had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice and meet with current players on the field. Afterward, they were given a tour of the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University and received a character talk from Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Ambassador and alum Twan Russell.
CSHS Head Football Coach Terrance Butler said it was very exciting for the team to get out there and see the professionals do it.
“Coming out and being amongst the community, seeing the coaches, the players, the trainers on the sideline, that was great.”
The Junior Dolphins program encourages youth players and coaches to teach, learn, and play football in a fun and safe environment. The Junior Dolphins program is designed to give kids access to learn the fundamentals of football using the NFL’s top resources.
To help grow the game, the Junior Dolphins program will work to educate coaches, parents, and youth on the health and safety of football with a strong emphasis on character development.
As part of the Miami Dolphins’ commitment to the development of high school and youth football, the organization will host high school teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties at the team’s training camp practices. The team visits are a targeted effort to recognize, inspire, and increase football participation through personal connections centered on the positive character-building aspects of playing the game.
This event is one of the #DolphinsHuddlefor100 service projects as part of the NFL’s 100th celebration. The NFL has invited fans, players, clubs, and employees to join Huddle for 100, an effort to inspire 1 million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities. High school and youth teams visiting training camp practice are bringing canned goods that will be donated to Feeding South Florida to help in the efforts to end hunger. These activities connect to the Miami Dolphins’ initiative to level the playing field through the power of teamwork to inspire a healthier, more educated, and united South Florida community.
Butler said, “Everybody has their favorite player, so to see the kids and their eyes when they came off the field that was awesome. The players having a conversation with the guys and having Ryan Fitzpatrick tell stories. It just doesn’t get better than that.”
- Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.